Professional Guinea Pig

A couple months ago I got an email about a psoriasis study.  I was so excited!  A potential treatment for my psoriasis AND I’d get paid each time I went to the dermatologist?  Let’s go!

I didn’t know if I’d get the placebo ointment or the drug, which was a vitamin D derivative.  Things were going well at first.  Then a few weeks ago my skin started to really itch.  I mean, viciously itch.  I couldn’t stop scratching.  And my skin turned all red. My dermatologist told me I’d been given the drug, so at least we knew why it was happening. Then things got really bad for my poor arms.  The skin got really tight.  And started to crack and bleed. I couldn’t sleep at night for the pain. I decided to drop out of the study.  I went to my next appointment prepared to drop out.  My doctor saw me and said “Take her out of the study right now”.  There were only 2 more weeks of the study to go, but there were also only 2 more weeks before I’m to leave on a cruise with my family.  Here’s what I looked like 2 weeks ago.  No filter. photo My doctor prescribed me a cream and told me to come back the Monday after Christmas. Here’s what my left arm looks like now. photo 2 Less red.  No more pain, thank goodness.  But I still look awful.  I’m not looking forward to putting on short sleeves in less than a week!

I asked my doctor about getting the shot (Humira, etc) but he said even though my arms are covered I don’t have enough psoriasis all over my body for my insurance to cover the shots and they run about $15k each.  YIKES.   When I get back from the cruise we’ll explore more options.  I’m just hoping for some more fading up until Monday morning when I board the ship in short sleeves!  I can’t go to the Caribbean in long sleeves!  I’ll just keep telling myself I don’t know those people and have myself a grand time!

End of Year Adoption Update

imagesDon’t get all excited folks, there’s no breaking news.  I just wanted to let you all know where we stand right now with the adoption.

We are still approved for adoption by the state of NC.  Each month I log on to the websites with photo listings of available children (like http://www.adoptuskids.org) and browse the children listed.  Then I choose some kids who would fit with our family and submit their profiles to our social worker so she can submit our home study to the children’s social workers.  Then we wait for the children’s social workers to approve us or not.  We don’t hear if we are not approved.  It’s a long process.  It’s frustrating too because from month to month I see kids on the sites that we’ve submitted for.  While we wait we go to continuing education classes to keep our foster care license current.  Then we start all over the next month.

Here’s what will happen when we are finally approved: we will start visitation with the child(ren). Their social worker will determine how many visits we’ll need to complete.  Then, once everyone is comfortable with each other we will be able to bring them home!  6 months or so later the adoption will be final.

So that’s it.  That’s what’s going on with us and our never-ending adoption story!

December Ipsy Glam Bag!

My December Ipsy Glam Bag is here and it’s fabulous!
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Here’s what was included:

  • NYX Lipstick in Sunflower. IMG_4562 It’s a bit on the bright red side for me (and conservative CSP), plus I’m more of a gloss girl vs lipstick.  So it will go to my mom or sister.
  • Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered.IMG_4563Basically it is a stick you can use as blush or lipstick.  Again on the bright side so it is also going to Momo or Gigi.
  • POP Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Smokin’ Hot.  A glittery silver, dark gray, and black.  Gorgeous.  I already have these colors so this is going to Momo. IMG_4560
  • Andrea Strip Lashes. IMG_4559So glam!  I’m trying to decide when to use these.  Maybe NYE?  I’ll post pics when I do.
  • Julie G Textured Nail Color in Sugar Plum Fairy.  photoLOVE this color!  It’s blue/purple with silver and purple glitter.  You don’t use it with a top coat so it’s matte.  Here’s a pic of what it looks like applied. 
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Please disregard the bits on my skin and focus on the cool color and glittery fabulousness!

All of this came in a super cute black patent patterned zip bag. Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1mlq

CSP’s Fame Knows No Bounds

I was checking my email when I noticed a couple of familiar faces looking at me from my Cute Overload email.

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It was CSP & Zoe! Apparently someone took our America’s Funniest Video submission and edited it down to a GIF.  It was even chosen for GIF of the week.  CSP keeps saying “I can’t believe I’m GIFT of the week!”

Check it out!  (you may have to click on it to get it to animate)6boi9usYou know, eventually all this fame will go to CSP’s head.  Zoe’s keeping it real though, she’s gangsta like that.